Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

IRS Online Payment Site Fails on Tax Day

IRS Online Payment Site Fails on Tax Day

Rep. Richard Neal (D., Mass.), said the problem was related, in part, to the transmission of direct payments to the agency.

Mnuchin described the problem as a "high-volume technical issue" that the IRS is attempting to resolve.

Just in time for tax day: The IRS website to make payments is down.

"On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are down at the moment", Kautter said. The "Payment Plan" page, which lets tax filers to set up installment plans, also crashed.

Currently, the IRS is targeted by 2.5 million cyberattacks a day, with one million of these characterized as "sophisticated", Kautter said. "We apologize for any inconvenience".

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Online payments on IRS.gov are partially down. The IRS took that page down shortly before 3 p.m.

Intuit had similar advice for those using TurboTax. "Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would". "TurboTax has uninterrupted service and is available and accepting e-filed returns". Larry Kudlow, President Trump's top economic adviser, appeared not to know about the problems when asked about them shortly after noon on Tuesday. IRS officials did not respond to follow up questions. "Hope it gets fixed". Additionally, it's not clear that the outage is impacting the ability to pay for people who file electronically via programs or websites such as Turbo Tax and, of course, there's nothing preventing taxpayers from mailing their forms and writing a check as long as the paperwork is postmarked before midnight.

Congress has been steadily cutting the IRS budget or holding it flat for the past few years, partly in a broader austerity effort and partly in response to the agency's treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The IRS says it believes this is all the result of a glitch, rather than something more nefarious like hacking. Congress just approved $320 million for the IRS to implement the tax law that passed past year.

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bipartisan bill making major changes to the agency, including by beefing up free tax advisory programs for the poor and by giving taxpayers several new rights and protections.

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